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  • 1. History of Haverhill

    There is evidence of settlement in the Haverhill area as far back as the Iron Age. A medieval settlement developed in an area known as Burton End, but the centre of the town later moved to where it is today. In the 15th century Haverhill was a trading centre, with wool and weaving as its main industries. A significant date in the town's history was June 14, 1667, when the ‘Gr...Read moreeat Fire' destroyed much of the town centre. After this date the town went into decline and very few records exist from this era. Haverhill declined again after the Second World War and the town council invited the Greater London Council to develop it as an overspill community of the capital. Housing estates started being built and were followed by industrial estates in the 1960s. Read less

  • 2. Now in Haverhill

    The market town of Haverhill is still developing, growing and changing. It is a town that has changed a lot over the years and is currently establishing itself as a prime location for business and investment, especially in the technology industry. It has good links to London as well as airports and ports, and is in an area where there is plenty of land for development.

  • 3. Events in Haverhill

    The Haverhill Festival takes place for two weeks in June and includes music, film, comedy, dance, drama and community events. The Haverhill Historic Transport Rally is an annual event organised by the Historic Commercial Vehicle Society, and includes anything from fire engines to motorcycles. The Haverhill Show takes place on the Recreation Ground and is an event aimed at young...Read more people and their families. It is free to attend. The Christmas lights are switched on in the village of Clare in November and the celebration includes a parade and other events. Haverhill Town Council organises many annual events, including the Halloween Trail, fireworks display and the Christmas lights ceremony. Read less

  • 4. Attractions in Haverhill

    Haverhill Arts Centre is in the former civic hall in the town, which is a Grade II listed building. It was built in 1883 and has a varied history, having been used for music, dances, bingo and pantomime over the years. The centre itself offers a programme of theatre, cinema, comedy, children's shows, music, dance, spoken word, exhibitions and more. The Haverhill Local History C...Read moreentre is also in the building. Read less

  • 5. Things To Do in Haverhill

    The Haverhill Leisure Centre has a three-tier children's indoor play area called Kid City, two swimming pools, a 100-station fitness studio, sports hall, health suite, coffee shop and much more. East Town Park is the main open space in the town and covers around 50 acres. It has a children's play area, a maze, picnic area and more. The park is the start of the Haverhill Country...Read more Walks, which are a series of circular walks around Haverhill and the villages of Sturmer and Kedington. Other parks include The Recreation Ground and Clements Park. Read less

  • 6. Business in Haverhill

    Haverhill has been a market town for nearly 1,000 years. Haverhill Market is held in Market Square on Fridays and in the High Street on Saturdays. The town is on the border of the three counties of Suffolk, Essex and Cambridgeshire, making it a prime location for new businesses. The two main business organisations in the town are Haverhill Enterprise and Haverhill Chamber of Co...Read moremmerce. Read less

  • 7. Transport in Haverhill

    By road, the A1307 leads from Haverhill to the A11 to the west. The A1017 is the main road leading south from the town and the A143 heads to the east. Haverhill is about 60 miles from London and about 20 miles from Cambridge. Haverhill does not have its own train station; the town lost its railway in 1965. The nearest train station is Audley End Station in Saffron Walden, which...Read more is 16 miles from Haverhill. The nearest airport to Haverhill is Stansted Airport, which is approximately 20 miles away. Read less

  • 8. Entertainment in Haverhill

    The Haverhill Arts Centre is the main venue in the town for live entertainment and offers a varied programme including comedy, theatre, music and dance. The venue also has a cinema.

  • 9. Famous Landmarks in Haverhill

    The Spirit of Enterprise is a laser-lit structure on the town's gateway roundabout, and when it was opened in 2004 it was said to have created the world's first roundabout containing a laser.

  • 10. Interesting Facts about Haverhill

    Famous actress Charlotte Rampling was born in Haverhill. Her films have included Basic Instinct 2, The Duchess and Spy Game among many others.


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